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State Adds 4,300 Jobs in July - Unemployment rate steady at 5.2 percent


Thu, Aug 15th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 4,300 jobs in July, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The state has gained 71,500 jobs over the past year, a growth rate of 2.6 percent, compared with a U.S. growth rate of 1.7 percent.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state remained unchanged in July at 5.2 percent, well below the U.S. jobless rate of 7.4 percent. June’s figures were revised from 400 jobs gained to 1,000 jobs lost.

“On an annual basis, the Minnesota labor market is recovering at a pace we haven’t seen since the expansion of the 1990s,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “We’re edging closer to pre-recessionary employment levels, needing to add just 5,500 jobs to regain all the jobs that were lost in the recession.”

Government led all sectors in July by gaining 4,000 jobs, followed by financial activities (up 2,300), leisure and hospitality (up 1,400), other services (up 1,300), information (up 1,100), and professional and business services (up 100). Logging and mining held steady.

Job losses occurred in education and health care (down 2,600), construction (down 1,700), manufacturing (down 1,400), and trade, transportation and utilities (down 200).

Ten of the state’s 11 major industrial sectors have gained jobs in the past year, led by professional and business services (up 16,200). Other gains have occurred in government (up 15,700), trade, transportation and utilities (up 13,000), leisure and hospitality (up 12,200), education and health services (up 9,900), construction (up 2,600), financial activities (up 2,400), information (up 1,300), logging and mining (up 500), and other services (up 400).

The only sector to lose jobs over the past year was manufacturing (down 2,500).

In the state Metropolitan Statistical Areas, job growth occurred in the past 12 months in the Minneapolis-St. Paul MSA (up 3.7 percent), St. Cloud MSA (up 3 percent), Mankato MSA (up 1.7 percent), Rochester MSA (up 0.5 percent) and Duluth-Superior MSA (up 0.5 percent).

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MNsure seeking applicants for Advisory Committees to MNsure Board Expertise from industry and consumer stakeholders sought—Deadline is Thursday, August 15

Wed, Aug 14th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, MN – MNsure is seeking applicants for two Advisory Committees to the Board to provide guidance, advice, and recommendations as it carries out its mission. Two committees have been established: the Health Industry Advisory Committee and t ..... 
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MN National Guard MEDIA ADVISORY: Local pioneers of the U.S. Air Force’s aeromedical evacuation system will reunite in St. Paul

Tue, Aug 13th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Founding members of the 133rd Airlift Wing's 109th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron will join past and present Airmen to reunite and honor the unit's significant accomplishments at 1:30 p.m., Sat. Aug. 17, at the 133rd Airlift Wing i ..... 
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Highway 44 between Mabel and Highway 52 opens to traffic

Tue, Aug 13th, 2013
Posted in Mabel State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 44 in Fillmore County from Mabel to Highway 52 is now open to traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Highway 44 had been closed while crews conducted culvert repairs. Motorists should exp ..... 
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Highway 16 between Spring Valley and Preston opens to traffic

Mon, Aug 12th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 16 in Fillmore County from Spring Valley to Preston is now open to traffic, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Highway 16 had been closed while crews conducted culvert repairs. Motorists shoul ..... 
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Rep. Davids Receives CGMC Legislator of Distinction Award

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Rep. Greg Davids was recognized by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) July 25 during the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Bemidji, Minn. for his positive impact on economic development policy. Rep. David ..... 
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Highway 26 construction in Houston County begins Aug. 12

Tue, Aug 6th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists can expect single-lane traffic on Highway 26 between Highway 16 and the Iowa border beginning Monday, Aug. 12, as crews begin resurfacing the road and replacing culverts. Flaggers and a pilot car will control traf ..... 
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Sen. Franken Working to Get More Minnesota Cops Bulletproof Vests

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) cosponsored legislation that would provide state and local governments in Minnesota and around the country with additional funding to purchase body armor for law enforcement. The legislation, sponsored b ..... 
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Deadly weekend puts state over 200 traffic deaths for 2013

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Preliminary reports of six traffic deaths this weekend has pushed Minnesota’s death count over the 200-mark for the year, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. By comparison, the ..... 
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